BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, Office of Undergraduate Research, and Academic Achievement Center
Program Specialist I (VI)
The University of Connecticut’s Enrichment Programs is seeking to hire a Program Specialist to manage programs focused on leadership development and engagement of women and underrepresented students, including, but not limited to, the BOLD Scholars Program, the Work-Study Research Assistant Program, New Haven and Hartford Promise Scholars, and the Women in STEM initiative. The Program Specialist will direct daily operations including marketing, communications, and outreach of the above programs, in addition to managing the student recruitment and selection process. The Program Specialist will also mentor program participants and develop and deliver comprehensive programming addressing leadership, academic, and professional development.
The Program Specialist will divide their time between programs, with 50% of annual effort dedicated to the BOLD initiative, 25% to the Office of Undergraduate Research, and 25% to the Academic Achievement Center. Formally reporting to the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Program Specialist will also take direction from the BOLD Lead and the Assistant Vice Provost of the Institute for Student Success.
The Program Specialist will perform the following duties:
BOLD Women’s Leadership Network
- Coordinate the BOLD Scholars Program, including student outreach and recruitment efforts.
- Assist in the design, implementation, and management of a scholar selection process; coordinate the selection committee.
- Serve as a liaison between faculty and staff mentors.
- Coordinate BOLD internships, international immersion experiences, and campus transformation projects in consultation with the BOLD Lead, collaborating with campus partners such as Education Abroad and the Center for Career Development where necessary.
- Provide academic, career, and leadership mentoring to BOLD Scholars, including meeting with each BOLD Scholar once per month.
- Plan and coordinate an annual retreat for UConn BOLD Scholars.
- Plan and develop multi-cultural awareness programs and collaborate with other University offices contributing to the cultivation of an inclusive, diverse, and respectful learning community.
- Manage program budget and track all expenses.
- Collect necessary data and produce monthly reports regarding the implementation, program effectiveness, and progress of the BOLD Scholars on campus to the BOLD Lead.
- With the BOLD Lead, produce an annual report to the Pussycat Foundation.
- With the BOLD Lead, plan and hold BOLD Advisory Group meetings once per semester.
Office of Undergraduate Research
- Coordinate the Work-Study Research Assistant Program (WSRAP), including student outreach and recruitment efforts.
- Manage the WSRAP student selection process in collaboration with the faculty supervisors offering positions through the program.
- Serve as a liaison with the Office of Student Financial Aid Services to identify eligible participants, process awards, and assist with work-study policy compliance.
- Market the WSRAP to faculty and coordinate the development of faculty mentors (as effective supervisors) and research site placements.
- Provide professional development and other programming for WSRAP participants to ensure this work experience is a high-impact practice for participating students.
- Conduct student learning outcomes assessment and program evaluation on the WSRAP and its participants; compile data and write reports upon request.
- Other duties as needed.
Academic Achievement Center
- Contribute to AAC partnerships aimed at retention of specific student cohorts, providing continuity and support for students in achieving their academic goals.
- Provide leadership and/or support for the Women in STEM initiative, including development and maintenance of the web portal UCSTEMinist.
- Lead outreach and provide support for the New Haven and Hartford Promise Scholars who are not in the SSS Program.
- Assist in the collection and interpretation of student and departmental data to enhance programmatic and cohort support.
- Bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline appropriate to the position or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Two to four years’ professional experience in higher education program management and/or coordination.
- Professional experience in budget management.
- Demonstrated interest in women’s leadership and issues relating to the academic success of underrepresented students.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, and think strategically.
- Excellent organizational skills as demonstrated in professional responsibilities.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Professional experience working with faculty, staff, students, and administrators from diverse backgrounds and fields.
- Ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment.
- Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends, as needed.
- Master’s degree in an academic discipline appropriate to the position, strongly preferred.
- Experience mentoring undergraduate students in a professional capacity.
- Experience advising undergraduate students on academic matters.
- Evidence of strong critical and analytical skills.
- Evidence of cross-cultural experience and commitment to a diverse and inclusive community.
- Evidence of group facilitation skills.
- Experience working at a large, public, research university.
- Experience in supervising undergraduate students on research or service projects.
- Professional experience with website maintenance and social media communications.
This is a one-year full-time end-dated position. Appointment renewal is subject to funding and performance.
For full consideration, upload a letter of application, a resume, and a list of 3 professional references with full contact information via Recruiting Solutions (http://www.jobs.uconn.edu/). Please note that references will not be contacted until later in the search process after notification of applicants. Include search number 2019118 on all correspondence. Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
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